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Sunday, November 22, 2009

The Locus Awards: Thirty Years of the Best in Science Fiction and Fantasy (book review)

The Locus Awards: Thirty Years of the Best in Science Fiction and Fantasy.
(adapted from my review in SLJ)

This outstanding anthology presents "the best of the best," culled from 30 years of awards. It includes many of the now-classic stories that have become emblematic of major developments in the genre, such as James Tiptree, Jr.'s "The Only Neat Thing to Do" (still a must-read for any serious teenage science-fiction reader) and Terry Bisson's remarkable "Bears Discover Fire."

The most recent awards present the brilliant new writer Ted Chiang and the popular and critically acclaimed Neil Gaiman. Other masters of science fiction and fantasy short fiction represented here: Gene Wolf, Ursula K. LeGuin, Harlan Ellison, John Varley, George R.R. Martin, Joanna Russ, Octavia E. Butler, Pat Murphy, Lucius Shepard, Connie Willis, John Kessel, John Crowley, Bruce Sterling, and Greg Egan.

A brief introduction to the author's career precedes each story. Whether readers are catching up on legendary science fiction and fantasy, becoming reacquainted with old favorites, or grazing the field in hopes of discovering new ones, this anthology delivers some of the finest science fiction and fantasy ever written.

Note: Locus magazine is a wonderful read, every time. It was one of the bright spots in my job with a public library system that I got to see it, looking for possible books to purchase for our library. After I retired I subscribed. The editor, Charles Brown, died recently. I never met him but he did an amazing job with the magazine. It deserved every award it got, and more. I hope his successors can keep it going in these tough times.

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